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Let me say that nothing would please me more than the senate to reform the filibuster, and then confirm Susan Rice for Secretary of State, in that order. And if the first doesn't happen, the second seems less likely. Rachel Maddow's been following the Rice story, and she had this to say.

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Yes, if John Kerry wants to be SoS, he more than deserves it. Personally, I'd rather see Senator "Winter Soldier" running the DoD, but that's just me. John Kerry is qualified for both, and if he wants either position, I'm in his corner. He's sixty-eight years old, capping his career off with Secretary of State, if he wants it, good on him.

Here's the thing, though; if Rachel's correct, we're looking at opening up a slot for Scott Brown to run for. Brown is like a recurring rash just waiting for a chance to flair up again. Follow me below the BDSM cutting pattern to what I read on the Daily Beast. Yes, really.

So, I was over at Tina Brown's, I'm not quite sure what, and I see an article subtitled,

With opposition to Susan Rice mounting daily, Michael Tomasky proposes six alternative nominees for the top post at Foggy Bottom. Head of the list? The winner of the 2000 election.
Really? Yep. Here are the relevant 'graphs.
1. Al Gore. I first heard this suggestion from my friend David Greenberg, the historian who writes for Slate, and I though, nahhh. But it grew on me pretty fast. Tell me why not. He’d be great. He’s known around the world. He’s respected around the world, about 90 percent of which surely wishes he’d been the president instead of the guy he beat. I’m not saying he’d change the world; no one can do that. But he’d get a hearing everywhere. He knows a huge number of world leaders, and he knows the issues cold. He could dive right into the pool’s deepest end, in the Middle East, on Iran, you name it.

What about his climate-change crusade, you wonder? Far from having to drop his signature issue, Gore could use his new position to push it with even greater vigor in a global context. Gore, and probably Gore alone, would be capable of elevating the climate change issue to the position it deserves on the national and global stage.

What we don’t know that much about is the Gore-Obama relationship. In 2007 and 2008, Gore clearly tilted toward Obama (Gore’s mere refusal to endorse Hillary Clinton over Obama indicated as much). Gore didn’t endorse Obama until right after he’d secured the nomination, but the two were said to have talked regularly. That’s good enough.

Finally: Man, would I love to see the Republicans try to swat down a Gore nomination. How? They’d poke around in his finances, remind America that he’s now divorced. But unless there were some kind of smoking gun on the former point, no one would care. They could not really block Gore; too much stature, too obviously qualified. Can you imagine? John McCain would grind his teeth, assuming those still are his teeth, down to dust. That would be awesome to watch.

Mr. Tomasky is absolutely correct. That would be awesome to watch. I'm not-so-crazy to downright frothing at the mouth over his other selections, but Al Gore? A climate change advocate as SoS? Nobel prize winning, respected statesman in his own right Al Gore? We could do a lot worse, and sometimes we have.

Before anyone starts a pie fight, let me again state my preferences. Filibuster reform first and foremost. Rice if that's who the President picks, he's the Boss. Plus, the sooner we smack the Rethugs around, the better. Elections have consequences, and the freshmen class needs to learn that early and hard.

If that fails, Kerry if he wants it. Heck, let Kerry write his own ticket, pick a cabinet post if you want, or stay where you are. If you want to leave the Senate, and Rachel's correct, we'll have your back. Pick your successor for the senate and we'll fly in anything s/he needs to win. But if you decide the travel's too much, or there's nothing else you really want, let's see the Prez nominate Al Gore.

It would be worth it, just to see the look on that turtle-faced, obstructionist asshole McConnell's face. BTW, turtles are held in low esteem in my ancestral homeland. In some parts of China, "son of a turtle" is a grave insult, worse than denigrating the virtue of someone's mother.

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  •  Republican hypocrisy? What? (35+ / 0-)

    Here's a link to MSNBC that found Susan Collins praising Susan Rice

    I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

    by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:07:07 PM PST

  •  Oh, the heads exploding in the GOP Conference (15+ / 0-)

    The man has the credentials and I had hoped he would run again one day. This would be an excellent use of his energy especially if he could rally real action on climate change.

    The Spice must Flow!

    by Texdude50 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:38:35 PM PST

  •  He has a lot of business interests. (2+ / 0-)
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    Would he want to set them aside?

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:40:30 PM PST

  •  For that matter what about Bill Clinton? (4+ / 0-)

    Let all Bush tax cuts expire and , bring on the Sequestration cuts to defense.

    by kck on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:41:42 PM PST

    •  There is precedence for this; former presidents (4+ / 0-)
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      have been Senators and Supreme Court justices in the past.

      Again, we could do a lot worse. But OTOH, Hillary's been spending the last few years living on airplanes, would Bill want to leave now that she can come home? Plus, isn't there a grandchild along the way? I'd hate to be in Tel Aviv, or Beijing or even Bern and get the phone call that starts, "Congratulations! ..."

      I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

      by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:54:05 PM PST

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      •  I'll tell you what's a jewel of an idea (0+ / 0-)

        A Clinton or two on the Supreme Court.

        We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

        by bmcphail on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 11:16:22 AM PST

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    •  Too weird and too much to ask of the guy (2+ / 0-)
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      He'd be replacing Hillary, which is weird, also weird b/c his stature is probably greater than Obama's and would lead to a bunch of "who's really in charge here" stories.

      Plus too hard---SoS is harder than rest of cabinet b/c it involves more foreign travel than the rest.  You're never home.  I doubt Clinton wants that, he was POTUS for two terms.  Gore, by contrast, is probably still hungry to serve.  

      •  "replacing Hillary, which is too weird"? How many (1+ / 0-)
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        congress-critters wives have replaced their unexpectedly deceased husbands? That Bono woman won re-election how many times?  A woman can follow in her husband's job, but a man following his wife's is weird? Sexist much?

        As far as, "who's in charge here" I think Bill would know that because HE WAS THE PRESIDENT! I suspect he would know that BHO can like, fire him.

        I agree with you on the travel the SoS job requires, I said so above, but really dude. Weird?

        I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

        by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:26:34 PM PST

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        •  You misunderstanding me on "who's in charge" (0+ / 0-)

          I said "stories" not that there'd be an actual issue.  But the time that's spent swatting down stupid stories is time not spent on actual productive stuff.

          Fair point on family members swapping Senate seats though.  

    •  Is there a succession question? (2+ / 0-)
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      Bill has served two terms per the 22nd Amd.  But isn't SecState in the line of succession?  4th?  Is there an issue with this?

      I'm a mushroom. Kept in the dark and fed....you know

      by The Voice from the Cave on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:44:46 PM PST

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      •  Excellent point. But John Boehner is second in (3+ / 0-)
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        line after Joe Biden. And then the President-pro-tempore of the Senate follows. If we got down to number four on the list, we'd probably have other things on our mind. See Pat Franks Alas Babylon!

        I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

        by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:04:41 PM PST

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      •  I think it would just skip over him. (4+ / 0-)
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        If the succession got to Secretary of State Bill Clinton, then he'd just be ineligible and they'd go on to the next in line of succession.  There have been other such potential situations; Madeleine Albright was Secretary of State, but not eligible to be President since she wasn't born in the US, so she'd have been skipped if the situation came up.  

        •  Well, Technically... (6+ / 0-)

          ...the 22nd Amendment prohibits anyone from being ELECTED to the office of POTUS more than twice.  So having Bill Clinton as SOS would create lots of fun in the wingnut conspiracy theory factory about how it is all a big plan by the UN to get him back as President for Life.

          “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

          by RoIn on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:21:06 PM PST

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          •  Elected vs. in-line of succession...hmm... (4+ / 0-)
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            The reason that amendment exists is because we had a president who served more than two terms...

            And on the merits of this argument, I can see BHO being the vice-presidential candidate for whomever in 2016. He would be, like Republican kryptonite. The Secret Service could take a long vacation. BHO would be Dan Quayle mark II. "What, are you crazy? You can't assassinate president [insert name here], that would mean that BHO would be president again!

            And, let's face it, Dan Quayle was the best protection against presidential assassination plots that ever existed. Even wing-nut, white supremacist, neo-Nazis were like, "Dude, are you crazy?"

            I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

            by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:30:19 PM PST

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  •  For no other reason than to sent a smack across (3+ / 0-)
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    the face of McCain and the GOP, I want Susan Rice.  Not to mention, she is more than qualified and this uproar is bullshit.  And the GOP should not be allowed to dictate Obama's administration.  PERIOD.

    •  Hear, hear! "Advise and consent" does NOT (0+ / 0-)

      mean that the senate can permanently block presidential choices. BTW, I include in that the dozens of federal judges that we really, really need hearing cases...just sayin'.

      I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

      by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:07:02 PM PST

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  •  I'd really be happy to see Al Gore in.. (7+ / 0-)

    whatever public office he wants. Howard Dean and Russ Feingold, too. All of them are too good at what they do, to not have them on the team.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:49:14 PM PST

    •  Good point. Feingold voted against the PATRIOT act (2+ / 0-)
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      Howard should have been a presidential nominee. I really think he should try again.  Although what he and his brother Jim have done with Howard's DFA vision has been more productive than if Howard were just a senator now.

      Commercial plug: I get no money from this. If you EVER have a chance to attend a DFA Campaign Academy training, take it. What took me 20+ years to learn on the ground, in crappy offices with the world's second worst coffee, was presented by actual, on the ground organizers.

      A diary will follow, I hope.

      I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

      by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:17:46 PM PST

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  •  I think it's a great idea. (3+ / 0-)

    The problem with Rice is that enough smoke has been manufactured by the Republicans for them to be able to say, "Where there's smoke, there's fire."

    I've got to say I'm not crazy about her anyway.

    Gore as SoS and Kerry as DoD sounds really good to me, like a dream team.

    It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

    by sboucher on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:49:30 PM PST

    •  I second that emotion (2+ / 0-)
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      That is clearly where his heart is, and nobody is better equipped to jump in and do that job than he is.  And somehow I think my solar roof might happen sooner if Al was at the helm.

      If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

      by marykk on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:57:21 PM PST

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    •  Now *THAT* would be awesome. Hear! Hear! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:02:27 PM PST

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    •  Yes, but my point is, if Rice is filibustered (1+ / 0-)
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      and Kerry declines, then Al Gore is tapped. If Rice is confirmed, I am all in favor of Al (I call him Al, we're old buds) being Energy Secretary.

      I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

      by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:03:17 PM PST

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    •  A better idea. (0+ / 0-)

      Still, it's dicey to put a lightning on the climate issue in a policy position on the question.

      Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

      by FischFry on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:19:36 PM PST

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    •  Climate Change = International Cooperation (0+ / 0-)

      There is no other way. Those of us who already have the highest standards of living in the World must eventually face the necessity of commensurate sacrifice. Gore's crusade has been to garner the Worldwide attention that humanity needs to find a meaningful way to address the negative environmental changes that our species has inflicted on our planet, to the point of displacing billions of men, women and children in the foreseeable future.

      Here is an idea:  Reorganize the cabinet by putting the Energy department under the State Department. The GOP has always wanted to abolish Energy as a cabinet job, so they would jump at it, except they wouldn't if Obama wanted it. Anyway, I see no way to divorce American energy interests from our foreign policy interests. That is more true now than ever.

      Aren't you glad that the clueless won't get a chance to run the country again, just yet? Yeah. Me too.

      by LeftOfYou on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:58:08 PM PST

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      •  Unfortunately (0+ / 0-)

        it's been the US that tends not to cooperate with the rest of the developed world when it comes to global warming.

        UK has a "Department of Energy and Climate Change".

        Germany leads the world in solar.  No excuse for us not leading, none.

        Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

        by delphine on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 03:36:31 PM PST

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  •  Al Gore was be good, but (0+ / 0-)

    I'm thinking

    1> Susan Rice
    2> Susan Rice
    3> Susan Rice
    4> Wes Clark
    5> Barney Frank

    President Barack Obama. Good man in a storm.

    by mwm341 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:14:15 PM PST

    •  Barney Frank? Who is ready to settle down, be (0+ / 0-)

      a quiet married guy and write his book(s)? You want POTUS to ask him to spend most of his life for the next however many years on an airplane?

      Even if he can take his husband wherever he goes, can that beat a nearby favorite restaurant, a quiet garden and a word processor? As opposed to endless meetings with lunatics, trying to put policies forward, some of which you don't actually agree with?

      Dude, if Barney accepted that, he's be crazier than you are.

      I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

      by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:32:45 PM PST

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    •  Yeah. Barney's first meeting with a Muslim (0+ / 0-)

      colleague should be a hoot. Don't expect hugs all around.

  •  It's not a great idea. (0+ / 0-)

    He's fat, rich and lazy at this point.  I don't think he's cut out for the hard work of shuttle diplomacy. Not to mention that he would be the ultimate lightning rod for criticism on US climate policy. He's found his calling. Let him be.

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

    by FischFry on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:21:35 PM PST

    •  Wow. I didn't know we had Al's friends blogging (1+ / 0-)
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      here. You're saying it's not even worth asking him?

      P.S. Next time you get together with him, could you get him to autograph a pic to my niece Megan? She's like 12 years old and already kind of political...

      I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

      by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:35:56 PM PST

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  •  Al gore is DIVORCED and has "personal issues" (0+ / 0-)

    Al Gore could not pass the background check.

  •  no thanks, best wishes, keep faith, -al/gore (0+ / 0-)

    consider these terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout famine, acceptance of nature

    by renzo capetti on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:43:49 PM PST

  •  I think Gore would be great (3+ / 0-)

    and he would instantly elevate climate change to a higher level of attention.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:43:58 PM PST

  •  Why not? (2+ / 0-)
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    The man won a Nobel Peace Prize.  The GOP would look like asses trying to swat down a Nobel Laureate.  He could really bring Climate Change to the forefront, negotiate another Kyoto Protocol, and he's no foreign policy slouch either.  While Clinton was busy with the mideast and Northern Ireland, relations with Russia were more or less Gore's account ... Clinton would generally consult Gore on that.  Gore could even have Karenna as one of his top aides.

    As an aside, I'm not sure he's divorced. I know he's separated from Tipper, but I haven't read anything about a divorce being finalized.

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:55:01 PM PST

  •  I also thought this. If we were Pat Robertson (1+ / 0-)
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    (or Mitt Romney...), we'd now be absolutely certain that God had spoken to us, and the issue was settled!!  In this case, I'd love to see it happen if Ms. Rice can't be elevated. It might help address the most crucial problem that mankind faces -- the environmental threat of carbon emissions.   Gore was right before, and he's still obviously right.  He deserves the opportunity, however belated, to contribute in the way we all so desperately need.

  •  Gore's great cause--fighting the climate crisis-- (0+ / 0-)

    cannot currently be accomplished within the bounds of our highly compromised political system.

    That's why he didn't run for president in 2008 and it's why he won't get back into politics at the moment. There's no point in him returning to politics unless it's the presidency, and there's no point in him being president unless the political system is so drastically changed that an environmentalist president would have the necessary popular support to overcome the enormous financial power of the fossil fuel-garchy.

    Two thirds of the entire United States was in a drought this past year.

    Blistering heat in the US has destroyed 45% of the corn and 35% of the soya bean crop in the worst harvest since 1988
    This will cause a huge rise in food prices, possibly precipitating a massive economic crisis.

    Not a word said about this by either of the two major presidential candidates until Sandy forced the climate change discussion back onto the national radar, however imperfectly. That is the best our political system can do--silence.

    Nothing is going to happen in Doha, and we all know it. They are going to meet, produce a vaguely worded document which sets some indefinite targets and promising to meet again in a couple years, and then go home after enjoying some gourmet meals and imbibing plenty of liquor.

    That's why Gore is working outside the system, because right now it's too rotten and choked with fossil fuel money for anything to get done.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 06:46:52 AM PST

  •  I agree that Scott Brown = shingles (1+ / 0-)
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    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 07:00:58 AM PST

  •  Secretary of Energy! (0+ / 0-)

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:32:38 PM PST

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